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The reviewer must not be all that familiar with the true GFR - because this album is a true example of what happened to rock and roll in the 80's - canned, electronic sound - no deep bass or solid electric guitar, and Mark Farner's vocals are so over produced (echoes, etc.) that the funk and soul of GFR is lost. I'll stick with Mean Mistreater and will "ride into the sun" listening and enjoying wha was GFR - the American Band!

Appropriately Named

So this is supposed to be Grand Funk Railroad. Am I right? I say this album has an extremely appropriate title, "What's Funk?" Grand Funk Railroad had already lost their funk in the mid 70's, and by this time, which is the 80's, they've definately forgotten what funk really is! This album shows a true example of what happened to rock in the 80's. I definately do not reccomend this album to Grand Funk fans, but I do reccomend it in some ways to people who are suckers for 80's music, such as myself. This is a pretty bad album of GFR's, but it's not their worst in my opinion. It's not as bad as "Born to Die". Overall, I definately do not see this album at all getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It's not bad, but it's not good; that's all I gotta say.

should be titled "Where's Funk", because there's none here.

I'm a 40 year fan of GFR and this is, without question, their poorest record. The producer flamed out and another one had to be brought in halfway through the recording. The band just didn't have much in the way of quality material, and the production is thin and gimmicky. Look elsewhere if you are unfamiliar with GFR, but would like to be. "What's Funk" was a misstep even the bandmembers regret. And what about this cheesy cover ?


Formed: 1968 in Flint, MI

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the 1970s' most successful hard rock bands in spite of critical pans and somewhat reluctant radio airplay (at first), Grand Funk Railroad built a devoted fan base with constant touring, a loud, simple take on the blues-rock power trio sound, and strong working-class appeal. The band was formed by Flint, MI, guitarist/songwriter Mark Farner and drummer Don Brewer, both former members of a local band called Terry Knight & the Pack. They recruited former ? & the Mysterians...
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